Cost £100

Course Description

This training course aims to provide paddlers with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely and to be able to deal with common emergencies. These skills form the foundations for safety and rescue throughout British Canoeing qualifications.  We have for 2020 made this into a 2 day course, with approximately 11 hours of learning time.  We hope this will increase learning and enjoyment for participants as well as enabling extra practice and reflection time on new skills.

 The award has two purposes:

  • To provide the paddler with the necessary skills which will enable them to ensure the safety of themselves and others
  • To provide the paddler with the appropriate rescue skills which can be used to help themselves and/or others in difficulty

Dates for 2020

  • 24th & 25th October 2020, 10.00am to 4.00pm 2 day course. Course tutor: TBC


Please note that this course requires practical activities such as rescues, whereby physical contact with other participants will be unavoidable. We will be putting measures in place such as sanitizing hands in between exercises and isolating kit to single use to reduce the risk. If you can book on as a pair with somebody else, (such as a member of your household), whom you are happy to not social distance with, that may be a preferable option.

Please also note that this course is subject to government restrictions not preventing the course to go ahead. In the event the course has to be postponed we will offer either a new date or full refund.

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Previous experience

To do the course the candidate must have basic boat handling skills - this must not be your first time in a boat!  However you do not need to hold any awards, just feel happy in a canoe/kayak.

Candidates will need to be able to swim in normal suitable clothing.  You will be expected to wear a buoyancy aid while on or near the water.  You may be asked to wear a helmet for parts of the course if the course provider deems it appropriate. 

Payment required to secure a place. Further to the courses fee, candidates will be required to pay a certification fee if you want for us to register you as completing the course.  This is paid to LOPC at the end of the course and we then pay British Canoeing directly.

Learning outcomes

The objective of this training course is to teach simple and safe skills that can provide the tools to problem solve simple common paddling scenarios in flat/sheltered water regardless of the craft.

Candidates will learn:

  • Skills which will enable them to ensure the safety of themselves and others
  • Appropriate rescue skills which can be used to help themselves and/or others in difficulty

For more information on the content covered please read the Syllabus.

The FRST is also a pre-requisite of the BC Paddlesport Instructor Award. 

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